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Vietnam Veteran Gets Dying Wish to Visit Pearl Harbor

JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press
March 26, 2015 01:23 PM

HONOLULU (AP) - A dying Vietnam War veteran's longtime dream to visit Pearl Harbor has come true.

Marine Corps veteran Joseph Hooker has been told he has less than two months to live because of heart disease and cancer. The Dream Foundation arranged for the 63-year-old to travel from his home in Essex, Maryland, to Hawaii.

Hooker visited Pearl Harbor on Wednesday with his brother and sister-in-law. They received a private tour of the battleship USS Missouri.

Hooker says his dream stems from a 20-minute stop in Hawaii in 1971 on his way home from war. He was let off the ship just long enough to make a phone call and eat some ice cream.

He vowed to return "to honor the men and women that gave their life at Pearl Harbor."

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